ALUS - Alternative Land Use Services

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ALUS can provide funding (up to 85% of costs) to farmers and ranchers who are enhancing the natural environment on their land. In addition, ALUS pays farmers and ranchers up to $75 per acre per year, on acres that are producing increased environmental services.

WHAT ARE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES?
We all depend on ecosystem services for things like water, air, food and shelter. Cleaner air, cleaner water, carbon capture and more biodiversity (including wildlife habitat and pollinator meadows) are just a few of the ecosystem services being produced by ALUS participants on their farms and ranches. Ecosystem services are valuable for the ecosystem, the community and the planet.

ALUS Project Examples Brochure

ALUS Project Map

Contact Us

  1. Ken Lewis
    ALUS Program Coordinator
    403.505.9038
    klewis@rdcounty.ca

    ALUS Canada
    ALUS FAQ
    Get Involved

ALUS Red Deer County is guided by a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) which is made up of a mixture of local farmers and ranchers and technical advisors.

A long term partner in our ALUS Program in Red Deer County is the Alberta Conservation Association.  Find out more at www.ab-conservation.com


ALUS FUNDING APPLICATIONS
ALUS General Projects Application *projects that don't fall under the application categories below
ALUS Annual Crop Application 
ALUS Livestock/ Grazing Application
ALUS Tree/ Shrub Planting Application


FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact your ALUS Coordinator or an ALUS Farmer Liaison near you.

Ken Lewis
ALUS Program Coordinator
403.505.9038
klewis@rdcounty.ca
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Kevin Ziola
ALUS Farmer Liaison (West)
403.352.0662

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Tom Towers
ALUS Farmer Liaison (Central)
403.352.6901

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Stephen Smith
ALUS Farmer Liaison (East)
403.318.3371

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10 YEARS OF ALUS IN RED DEER COUNTY

2023 marked the 10th anniversary of ALUS in Red Deer County. In that decade, over 150 farmers and ranchers from all over the County have joined ALUS, including projects like alternative livestock watering, riparian management fencing, buffer zones around wetlands, creek crossings, tree plantings, and more.

These produce ecosystem services like erosion control, flood and drought mitigation, water purification, biodiversity enhancement and carbon sequestration. These ecosystem services have immense, almost immeasurable benefits to people and society.

The celebratory logo for the 10th anniversary of ALUS in Red Deer County.

GET TO KNOW ALUS

ALUS in Red Deer County - 150 Producers and Growing!

Measuring Riparian Health Improvements at ALUS Projects

Farmers and Ranchers - The Heart of Watershed Stewardship in Central Alberta

ALUS Project Profiles - Showcasing Agricultural Stewardship




PROJECTS - PRODUCER VIDEOS
Check out ALUS in action with these videos featuring ALUS participants from Red Deer County.

LK - Alternative Watering (Little Red Deer River Watershed)


Jo-Anne Hallman - Stewards of the Land


Keith & Tracy Johnson - Meet and ALUS Producer

The CACHE Project Video - featuring Derek Mathon & Kevin Ziola


Aron Lutz - Stewards of the Land


Go Ask ALUS: Craig Pullan’s Riparian Fencing and Livestock Watering Projects


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